Blade Tech Phantom IWB Holster Review

Nov 30th, 20105 Comments

Blade Tech Phantom IWB Holster for Glock 26

Blade Tech has proven that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get a quality holster.  I’ll admit that I am a bit of a leather snob when it comes to holsters, but after trying this elegant Kydex holster with my Glock 26, I have no reason to keep shopping.  Blade Tech pretty much got everything right with the Bladetech Phantom, including the price point at about $30.  Here are the key features:

  • Injection Molded Kydex Body: Perfectly molded to fit my Glock 26 with a sweat guard to keep the slide from digging into the old love handles.  Unlike most cheap leather holsters, the Phantom stays open when the pistol is drawn to permit a one-handed reholster.
  • Dual Retention Screws: With two retention screws at the bottom of the holster it is easy to adjust the holster’s grip on your weapon.
  • Dual Rubber Belt Loops: I find that clips normally provide a tighter fit than belt loops, but the Phantom has made me reconsider that position.  The high friction rubber loops keep the gun exactly where you want it.  This holster will not shift or slide on your belt.
  • Height and Cant Adjustments: The belt loops have three adjustment holes sized for 1.25″, 1.5″, and 1.75″ belts.  The forward loop can be secured in one of two holes on the body of the holster for either a vertical or forward body incline carry.  On narrower belts the loops themselves can also be used to further adjust the height and cant of the holster.
  • Pull the Dot Snaps: I don’t know why more manufacturers don’t use these snaps.  Pull the Dot snaps can only be released from one direction and as a result are much more secure than regular snaps.  When I tested the Blackhawk IWB holster, I had problems with the snaps releasing during the draw and reholser.  On the Phantom you must grasp the top of the belt loop and pull down and out.  No other motion will release the snaps.

Blade Tech Phantom and Glock 26

Pull the Dot Snaps & Rubber Belt Loops for Security

The Phantom is an excellent, lightweight holster.  The minimalist design is a sharp contrast to most Kydex holster that completely envelope the pistol, but it has proven to be highly functional, highly secure, and has earned its spot as my preferred holster for the Glock 26.

Buy the Blade Tech Phantom:

Phantom Holster For Glock 26/27/33

Phantom Holster For Glock 19/23/32

Phantom Holster For Glock 17/22/31

Phantom Holster for Other Guns

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4 Responses to “Blade Tech Phantom IWB Holster Review”

  1. Todd says:

    I’ve been considering this holster, but I’ve found few reviews/opinions on it. The few things I have heard are positive, sounds like a great, low-cost choice. Thanks for the review!

  2. mjshozda says:

    It’s a great little holster. I bought it as a temporary solution until I got a custom made holster, but have never found the need to replace it.

  3. Dan says:

    I got mine today. Gun fits just as it should. It was poking me in the side at 5 o’clock position so I am going to move it around to another position on my belt and try it. Good holster for the price.

  4. LordTio3 says:

    Re: Side Poking…

    The fantastic thing about Kydex is that if you find the sweat guard is a bit too high, or that it seems to be poking you in an odd or uncomfortable area, you can easily remove sections of the material using snips/file/sandpaper/dremmel/etc… and reshape it it exactly what fits your needs. The only caution is that it is MUCH easier to take material off than to put it back on. Remove with care…

    Other than that, this is a great IWB holster that fits the role very well. Good rounded corners don’t wear out clothing. Quality straps and good retention adjustment ensure proper grip on the weapon. Overall a very nice product, and at $20-25, it’s a high-value product as well.

    Well done Blade-Tech


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